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    Union Major General John Ellis Wool Carte de Visite, Early War-Date Letter Signed and Contemporary Engravings. Includes: (1) Handsome CDV of the general posed seated in dress uniform, sword by his side with a J. Gurney & Son, New York studio mark on the verso. Bright, clear and in very good condition. (2) Two page autograph letter, 8" x 9.75", dated July 30, 1861, Troy, New York, to Joseph M. Wrightman, mayor of Boston. General Wool writes to Wrightman about the inspections of forts, especially Fort Independence which he deemed in a "dirty, and filthy condition." Wool also expresses his belief in the successful outcome of the war "...confident that the Rebellion will be overcome by the people." (3) Two contemporary engravings, one measuring 9.5" x 6.5", titled "General Wool Rescuing a Mexican Family"; the other a portrait of the general in full dress uniform, measures 6.75" x 10". Both examples are in very good condition. John Ellis Wool (1784-1869) was not a young man as the war broke out in 1861. He was already a veteran of the War of 1812, Mexican-American War and the Rogue River Indian War. At first considered too old for service in the Civil War, he served in various Corp and Department commands until he resigned in 1863.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2014
    12th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
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